Radi-haters

Spoiler: the house we bought has radiators.

All the heart eyes, however the roommate wanted to rip them out. When I lived in a rental after college the house had radiators and I LOVED them. A hint of nostalgia as they were prized possessions back in their day! No longer is your house riddled in soot, radiators were invented! These hunks of metal have heated the home for over 100 years (it's since (thankfully) gotten a new boiler attached), how cool is that! 


The thing I love the most about radiators is the consistent heat. In my last house we had forced air which had it's perks (AIR CONDITIONING), but I recall in the winter when the system wasn't on, all the hot air was at the ceiling, and I unfortunately was on the ground. Yes, heat still rises in this house, but it's less of a rapid change than before. We plan on installing AC next summer in the attic, with that will be ducts and a fan, which when we run next year, will make this house even more cozy in the winter bringing the warm air back down.  

ANYWAYS. The radiators in the house were, at some point, painted. They were in horrible condition when we moved in and we knew we'd have to do something about that. So, what do you DO?! I asked around, read online forums and posts and the ideas were scattered. The BEST way to refinish them is to take them outside  and sand blast the paint off before re-coating. I mean....maybe if this was our forever home? Maybe. I mean, we took out one radiator and it almost broke Dan's toe. So, to take out 8 doesn't seem like a walk in the park, not even considering draining them all to do so. SO, other options please?!

One recommended Aluminum paint, another recommended a high heat paint. Both only come in a spray bottle and are highly toxic. SO, other options please?!

When we had the boiler tuned up I asked the technician if he's ever painted radiators or seen them painted...and what paint they used. He suggested a good primer and paint. WHAT? You can use wall paint for this? So, then I asked the kind people at Sherwin Williams about it, because I was there on other business (which once I actually resolve the issue i'll dive into it withya). And she suggested their paint and primer combo to brush on. WELL THAT SEEMS EASY. 

There were portions of the radiators with rust which I had some concerns about. She sent me home with a product to prevent that from seeping through. Thankfully, I only needed to use this on one of the radiators.

First thing we did was clean them all (omg gross). Using a wire brush we got off all the paint that was chipping (we tested for lead, thankfully there wasn't any).


Then we washed down the radiators with soapy water to get off any grease/dust that had collected over the likely 60 years since they've been painted. This was the radiator that had some rust on the bottom, so I tarped/cardboarded off the area to spray that so it wouldn't bleed through the paint.



Once that dried it was time to paint! Took one night, one quart of paint, 5 episodes of the office and a vodka tonic to get them all done.



We painted all the radiators on the main level the same color as all the walls (Navajo White). We noodled the idea of painting them black (GASP) but we decided to let them blend into the walls as opposed to letting them stand out. They are shy like that. Before and after for ya?



 The previous owners painted that blue color EVERYWHERE. There is only one baby sliver of it left upstairs then it will NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN.

Oh hi Christmas tree! Quick shot of the lovely radiator in the corner in our dining room. This room still has a ways to go (light fixture, rug, chairs etc. etc. etc) but progress from the shot above? No?

ANYWAYS! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and happy new year! Thanks for reading along in our progress, we are VERY excited to see what's to come in 2018 for this place :)


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